Reach PLC

Leicester Mercury

Leicestershire Live

Nottingham, EnglandFounded in 1874

Leicester Mercury is an English daily newspaper owned by Reach plc. Its online edition is called Leicestershire Live.

First known as the Leicester Daily Mercury, the newspaper began as a liberal daily in Leicester under the leadership of journalist James Thompson. According to a 2014 article the paper published on its history, James employed 25 people and called for reforms. He campaigned for welfare, public sanitation and drainage. The newspaper established itself over the course of several decades, changing ownership and eventually becoming a Trinity Mirror, now Reach plc, publication. Leicestershire Live is the digital edition of the Leicester Daily Mercury. It publishes regional news stories on local politics, crime, sports and daily life in Leicestershire county.

Leicester Mercury

Best Practices Policies

Leicester Mercury inherits best practices policies from its parent news organization Reach plc.

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Journalists of Reach PLC publications are expected to abide by the Independent Press Standards Organization's Editors’ Code of Practice. The editorial staff is trained in the code, which includes standards on how to remain accurate, respect privacy and avoid harassment, intimidation, discrimination and improper intrusion. The code also includes guidelines on the proper way to report on children, crime, and victims of sexual assault. 

Diverse Voices

Reach PLC publications commit to attracting and recruiting people who are best suited to meet the standards for the publication without regard to race, creed, color, nationality (subject to legal eligibility), ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, connections with a national minority, membership or non-membership of a trade union or, unless justifiable, disability.


Once reports of an inaccuracy are verified by the editorial team, the correction will be made online immediately and it will be noted in the story and on the website's correction/clarifications page. 

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Unnamed Sources

The company's policy states that its publications will protect the identity of their sources, but establish the reliability of the source and that the material they've provided has been properly obtained. When unnamed sources are used, it is up to the publication's staff to determine whether anonymity will be granted. 

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